CFP: Continuity and Change in Medieval Central Europe. The Fifth Biennial Conference of MECERN
Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)
27-29 April 2023
After successful conferences in Budapest (2014), Olomouc (2016), Zagreb (2018), and online in Gdansk (2021), the Fifth Biennial Conference of MECERN (http://mecern.eu/) will focus on the vexed relationship between continuity and change in medieval history, especially in Central Europe. Continuity and Change have always been topics that historians, archaeologists, art historians, social scientists and scholars from other disciplines were interested in. Recently our society has faced profound changes and disruptions. What was the situation in the Middle Ages? Was Central Europe as a specific historical, cultural, religious and political region shaped by continual developments on the social and political level, in the period ca. 500-1600? Or, was it rather marked by unexpected and radical changes, which were the essential driving forces in the regionʼs historical development? Which medieval changes influenced the development in Central Europe substantially? What were the ruptures in the medieval past? Which phenomena and spheres of life were marked by continuity rather than change? What are the methods that medievalists use to detect and study them?
Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following issues: